Rewire, Reinvent, Simplify, Secure

August 25, 2020 | Boston, MA


Deborah Scott, Chief Information Officer
Harvard Medical School

Deborah Scott has been the Chief Information Officer at Harvard Medical School since September 2017. She is responsible for advancing the HMS Information Technology Strategy to enable the school’s mission and its collaborations with the Longwood Medical Area hospitals, with nearly 12,000 teachings and research faculty. Her team also provides the IT Infrastructure for the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and she serves as a member of the Harvard University CIO Council.

Deborah has over 25 years of experience in Information Technology leadership in both technical industries and in Higher Education. Before joining HMS, Deborah served as the Chief Information Officer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and as Executive Director & CTO at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While in her native California, she led global software development and integration team led a networking company technology merger following an acquisition and inaugurated an Information Technology Solutions organization at an aerospace engineering company. Over the years, Deborah has developed and led talented and innovative teams that bring current advances in technology to benefit organizations focusing on engineering, research, and education.

Deborah holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Jeffrey Moore, Chief Product Security Officer
Draeger Medical

Jeff Moore is a forward-driven leader with a proven track record in Cybersecurity, Compliance, Vulnerability, Risk Management, and more. He multi-year nominated Information Security Executive of the Year in North America and the Northeast United States. He is currently the Chief Product Security Officer at Draeger Medical. Before joining Draeger, he was the Global Head of Cybersecurity at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR) in Cambridge, MA.

Jeff is known for his leadership, staff management, strategic planning, security program oversight, as well as a pragmatic approach to understanding a rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape. Jeff also consults for various start-ups in the security space as a hobby.

Alina Aronova, Senior Vice President of Technology Operations, Chief of Staff for Global Product Technology
Cengage Learning

Alina is the SVP of Technology for the Global Product technology organization at Cengage, she is responsible for a cross-functional product delivery organization with a $22M+ annual P&L, across four major businesses totaling $180M+ of annual revenues. She is also in charge of the management and execution of all activities for the Chief Technology Officer and oversees Program Management and Agile teams.

Alina is one of the few professionals to find success in large complex organizations, mid-tier companies and startups. She is passionate about her work and leading and mentoring others to achieve their goals. She currently is an executive sponsor of the Women in Tech Employee Resource group at

Cengage facilitates leadership training events and has earned a reputation amongst her colleagues as a trusted advisor, natural relationship builder, and persuasive change evangelist. She holds an MBA from Babson College and a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University.

Julia Shapa, Senior Director IT Operational Governance and Transformation
John Hancock Financial Services

Julia Shapa is John Hancock Senior Director, IT Operational Governance and Transformation – for Insurance IS Delivery Management Office. She has amassed diverse industry experience in Information Technology in finance and healthcare industries. Starting her career on the business side, she progressed to find a way to utilize her educational foundations in finance and technology received at Trinity College – into roles that tie together both sides: operations and IT. Having supported and led multiple transformational initiatives, she gained expertise ranging across a wide spectrum of technology and business areas. Her passion is performance optimization in IS organizations relying on a multi-pronged approach of analytics, governance, outsourcing, process improvement, and agile delivery methodology.

Sheridan RiceCyber Security Sales Team Lead

Sheridan Rice is a Sales Team Lead at Darktrace, the world’s leading machine learning company for cyber defense. She has worked extensively with clients across numerous industry verticals, from financial services to manufacturing, helping them deploy Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System, the only AI technology capable of detecting and autonomously responding to early-stage cyber threats in real-time. Sheridan graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and is based out of Darktrace’s New York City office.

Dan O’Neil, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Care Dimensions

Dan O’Neil. MBA, is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Care Dimensions, the largest palliative care/hospice/home primary care organization in Massachusetts.  He has a broad background in healthcare technology and settings; as a VP/CIO for a hospital, as VP Information Services for several large healthcare systems, and as a CIO for a home health care company.  Most recently Dan served as the Vice President Information Services for Steward Health Care for the past seven years, leading their ambulatory and ACO population health technology services division.  He is a board member of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network.

Andre Bromes, Former Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer
Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey

Mr. Bromes is a sought- after C-level Executive, Board Advisor, Thought Leader, Speaker & Subject Matter Expert in emotional intelligence for I.T., with 18+ years’ experience in information technology. His passion for I.T. governance and extensive engineering, security and project management backgrounds, has earned him numerous career accolades.

In his eleven years as CIO/CISO, functioning as a technologist and servant-leader, he is a whole-hearted believer in transformative IT. He has successfully led cross-functional team initiatives to implement the principles behind ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) and the COBIT (Control Objectives for IT) framework. Mr. Bromes has managed numerous technology projects that have measurably improved the infrastructure of a 100 million+, multi-unit business. He strongly emphasizes the immense benefits of longevity, solvency, and availability to a security-aware business that applies the principle of defense-in-depth. He promotes the necessity of  usinesses to operate strategically, operationally, and tactically while following asset-based risk assessments and proper information classification to achieve those benefits.

Jay Leslie, Chief Information Officer
Cambridge Housing Authority

Jay Leslie is a security-forward IT leader with over 20 years’ experience in the government and nonprofit space. Jay’s IT and information security career began in the passwords-optional 1990s when as a new intern he stumbled across an unsecured spreadsheet containing salary information.

Jay was a happy “hardware guy” through much of the twenty-aughts but seeing the impact of Nicholas Carr’s book “Does IT Matter?”, he transitioned to IT management with a cloud-focus, embracing both the cloud’s benefits and information security challenges.

Jay holds CISSP and CCSP certificates from (ISC)2, an MPA from New York University, and a BA from Rutgers University.

Gene Grella, Senior Director Information Technology Operations
Five Star Quality Care

Gene Grella. MBA is Head of IT Operations for Five Star Senior Living. Five Star is one of the largest operators of Senior Living Communities in the United States with over 260 facilities. In Gene’s 30+ years in IT, he has amassed experience in almost every area of IT technology and management.

Gene is known for his innovative and flexible management style in leading, managing, and growing technology professionals. He has managed at companies such as Oracle, Sanofi, and Avery Dennison and has experience in Manufacturing, Pharma, and Healthcare.

In addition to his work at Five Star, Gene is a part-time professor at the Faculty of Clark University where he teaches a graduate-level course in IT Strategy Leadership.

Arthur F. Ream, Chief Information Security Officer
Cambridge Health Alliance

Mr. Arthur F. Ream III is the Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Director of Applications at Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Arthur is responsible for leading the vision, development, and implementation of cybersecurity and managing CHA’s applications portfolio initiatives in support of Cambridge’s overall business plan and strategic vision. He is responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining a successful security program and education curriculum addressing security and privacy challenges, assess risks. The program protects CHA information while contending with the diverse elements of a changing landscape by designing a robust and ever-evolving program.

He is a board member for Partners in Performance Excellence, and currently holding an advisor role helping organizations across New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island become more efficient, competitive, and sustainable using the proven Baldrige Principles for Performance. He is a regular speaker on the healthcare IT security front in various forums, conferences, and a guest lecture in Cybersecurity and Information Technology at Bentley University.

He is an active community thought leadership and intern program for the Perkins  School for the Blind and Carroll Center for the blind, providing professional job experience, coaching, mentoring, resume development, and work experience.

Bob Guay, Director of Information Technology Security
Momenta Pharmaceuticals

Bob Guay is a Cyber Security leader with over 20 years’ experience. He is currently the Director of IT Security at Momenta Pharmaceuticals. Bob has successfully built relationships within the business areas to incorporate Cyber Security and thus becoming a key business enabler. Bob architected, built, and maintained the security platform for a billion-dollar pharmaceutical company. He assisted in the design, build, and implementation of internet security for the Federal Reserve Bank. Bob implemented a Cyber Security training and awareness program for all users. He is a CISSP and a GIAC-GCIH. Bob is an ACSC (Advanced Cybersecurity Center) member and a presenter at several conferences.

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